November 24, 2010
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God? How long do I have to cry out for help? Why aren’t you listening!? Why is it that when I see violence you don’t save those people? Why do I have to watch injustice? How can you tolerate these bad things? Destruction, murder, war, etc… are all around us. The rule of law never prevails! It seems like good people are always being abused by bad people! Justice today is perverted!
Have you thought these things? I know I have…many a time. I am pretty sure that all of us at one time has asked this basic question…”God…WHERE ARE YOU?!”
The first paragraph of this post is based on a little known (or used) book of Habakkuk. That’s right…there is actually a book in the Bible called Habakkuk. If you read 1:2-4 you will see what I am talking about. Now, Habakkuk was written around… 605 – 587 BC. If you want to debate the dates…you are on your own. Think about this. Habakkuk wrote the words I wrote above about 2,600 years ago. While there is no doubt that things have changed since his writing’s…this shows that people…do not. Now Habakkuk was writing about the people of Judah. He was begging God to answer him. God does, but not in a way that made him happy. Again…something we should all be familiar with. Basically God tells Habakkuk that he will answer his prayers by sending the Babylonians to take the people of Judah captive. This had to be a moment where Habakkuk stopped everything and said “Hold up…God I am not sure I heard you right. Did you say the Babylonians?! They are worse than we are!” (Habakkuk 1:13). To put this into a modern context…It would be like God sending North Korea to deliver judgment on America. It was that bad. God’s response…the most used quote of the Old Testament in the New Testament…the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). Translation…I am sending the Babylonians as my judgment…you will have to live on faith that I know what I am doing.
Are you living on faith that God knows what he is doing? This Thanksgiving be thankful for a God that is faithful to you. While you may have a thousand pending questions…just know this…the righteous will live by faith.